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Author: Jude Deveraux

Published: January 1st 1996 by Pocket Books

Format: Paperback , 404 pages

Isbn: 9780671001704

Language: English


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Her wedding fast approaching, celebrated chef Kady Long knew she was the luckiest woman alive...until she slipped into a delicate satin wedding dress she found in an antique flour tin, and was overcome by an odd dizzy spell. When she came to, Kady was in the dusty western town of Legend, Colorado--where a hanging was about to commence! With quick wits and more than a littl Her wedding fast approaching, celebrated chef Kady Long knew she was the luckiest woman alive...until she slipped into a delicate satin wedding dress she found in an antique flour tin, and was overcome by an odd dizzy spell. When she came to, Kady was in the dusty western town of Legend, Colorado--where a hanging was about to commence! With quick wits and more than a little moxie, Kady halts the proceedings, much to the relief of one Cole Jordan, a tall, thankful, and very appealing man. Now it's Kady's turn to enlist his help to find a way back home. But before long, Kady discovers a passion that she knows can only live in Legend--until Cole reveals a secret that unites them in a way Kady never could have imagined.

30 review for Legend

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aj the Ravenous Reader

    I don't remember anything much about this book because I read this 15 years ago when I found it lying around the house helplessly pleading me to read it. So, I did and well I remember that the girl in the story is not your conventional pretty skinny heroine because she's actually the opposite except though she's big, she's still pretty. I also remember that the story contains a magical element like a time travel of some sort and I also concretely remember that there are scenes I read which are n I don't remember anything much about this book because I read this 15 years ago when I found it lying around the house helplessly pleading me to read it. So, I did and well I remember that the girl in the story is not your conventional pretty skinny heroine because she's actually the opposite except though she's big, she's still pretty. I also remember that the story contains a magical element like a time travel of some sort and I also concretely remember that there are scenes I read which are not yet supposed to be read by a 14 year old girl. But I'm sure if I read the book now, I'd say that it's a well written novel with adequately mature scenes. ;)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Reread - January 2016! - 2.5* Originally read - 2004 - 4* While I normally don't knock down stars for my rereads, I had to do it with this one. I guess over 10 years tastes evolve :D My biggest issue with this one was that it requires endless amounts of belief suspension!!! So while it was an enjoyable read overall, these MAJOR flaws really took away from my enjoyment and distracted me endlessly! Where do I start?! I won't go into a summary, since that is available at the top of the page... I w Reread - January 2016! - 2.5* Originally read - 2004 - 4* While I normally don't knock down stars for my rereads, I had to do it with this one. I guess over 10 years tastes evolve :D My biggest issue with this one was that it requires endless amounts of belief suspension!!! So while it was an enjoyable read overall, these MAJOR flaws really took away from my enjoyment and distracted me endlessly! Where do I start?! I won't go into a summary, since that is available at the top of the page... I will dive into the critique... If you don't want spoilers, please don't read on ... ♦ First of all - the heroine, Kady, was not very relatable. She is a cook, but she is absolutely OBSESSED with food and cooking - to the point of distraction! She goes out with her friends/fiancé , only to say that she feels like she's wasted her time and should have been in her kitchen instead. Ok, so there we have her - would rather be cooking than socializing with friends and boyfriend - a mousy, loser right off the bat! Sorry, that is mean and harsh, but COME ON! Then, we have to listen to her incessant babble about how she is fat and unattractive...only to say that she has a size 14 top and bottom, but size 4 waist. ??????????????? What kind of figure do you have woman?!?! To my understanding and imagination - that's the hourglass figure out of a comic strip... Ok - either way, that's fine, doesn't even sound so bad - so why is she complaining!? ... She then goes on to say that a few years back, for Halloween, she dressed up as a prostitute and this is when her "cooking school classmates" started noticing her ?? Ummmm, WHAT?!?!?! So this shy, mousy girl, who only cares about cooking and hates her body dressed up as a hooker for Halloween?!?! Really?! I'm to believe this?! ♦ For all the talk that she is not attractive, all of a sudden Kady is causing a time-wide commotion! From her trip to the past, to her present in Alexandria and New York, Kady has men falling all over her! So much for her being "fat and unattractive" (her words, not mine)! ♦ I found the book to be lacking romance, in the sense that she is with some guy constantly (whether it be her douche fiancé or Cole or Tarik), but it is NOT the hero (Tarik) until the very end! Tarik and Kady get very little time together for us to see their romance blossom and develop! ♦ The whole - Cole is dead, died at 9, but he is a ghost and the whole town is a ghost town and Kady goes back in time 150 years and visits this ghost town - made very little sense, unless you suspended belief and just read for the sake of reading... How did a dead boy create a ghost town in which he is in his 30's...? And how do items from this ghost town that never existed keep resurfacing 150 years later (marriage certificate, wedding dress, Cole's cabin in the woods...) ♦ Cole and Kady get married in the fake/ghost town in 1850's and this marriage certificate shows up with Tarik in 1990's. How could this marriage certificate show up 150 years later when this never actually happened - since Cole is a ghost and the whole town didn't exist, how could there be a marriage certificate showing a man (who DIED at 9) got married (at 30!) ...??? Again - I'm all for suspension of belief if things are going to make sense in the end...But if the author provides NO explanation - I get really annoyed... ♦ They go back in time to "fix" things, so that Cole and his family don't get killed. However, by doing that , they would have prevented Ruth from sleeping with Tarik's grandfather, thereby preventing the conceiving of Tarik's father; hence in present time Tarik wouldn't exist!! The author "fixes" this by having Tarik find his grandfather and telling him that he MUST seduce Ruth (a married woman!!) and that she must have a child this year (this would be Tarik's dad!) !!! Ummmm - this is how the author ensures that Tarik still exists when they come back to the future :) OK - I get it ! But how realistic is that?! The only reason Ruth slept with Tarik's grandfather before was because she was grieving over her killed husband and children! If her family doesn't get killed (which is what Kady went back in time to accomplish) - why would the non-grieving Ruth cheat on her ALIVE husband ?!!?! I guess she would do it because the author told her to?! Anyways, it was things like these that spoiled the book for me the second time around (first time I guess I just didn't care:) ) ... I call this carelessness and personally find that it distracts from all the good that I saw in the book initially! I hate when the thoughts I'm left with are: "Wow...well that made no sense...!"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    While I was in college my grandmother handed me this book and told me I had to read it. My reaction was less than enthusiastic. Romance novels is not one of my favorite genres (though I read them from time-to-time). But I cracked the book open and gave it a shot - and was hooked from the beginning. This book is a mind-bender - it's fun, funny, unexpected, sweet, clean, and keeps you guessing. It's clever and original, a real gem. I just found a hardover edition at a second hand store and I snapp While I was in college my grandmother handed me this book and told me I had to read it. My reaction was less than enthusiastic. Romance novels is not one of my favorite genres (though I read them from time-to-time). But I cracked the book open and gave it a shot - and was hooked from the beginning. This book is a mind-bender - it's fun, funny, unexpected, sweet, clean, and keeps you guessing. It's clever and original, a real gem. I just found a hardover edition at a second hand store and I snapped it up since I've worn my paperback edition to shreds. Spoiler: I'm in camp Cole and think Kady was a dope for the choices she made (Tarik - ugh!). I wish she could have ended up with Cole. I was so happy when the author released a short story that told Cole's story after he grows up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karla Brandenburg

    I liked it - I'm a fan of JD, but I did struggle with the heroine having three men all in one book that were falling all over her. I mean, I can see one as the antagonist and one as the protagonist, but three? And then I wasn't clear on why she had to go back through the portal later. Seemed to me she'd finished her journey, except maybe JD didn't have a high enough word count so she had to send Kady back through the portal one more time - no, two more times, wait . . . everybody jump in and let I liked it - I'm a fan of JD, but I did struggle with the heroine having three men all in one book that were falling all over her. I mean, I can see one as the antagonist and one as the protagonist, but three? And then I wasn't clear on why she had to go back through the portal later. Seemed to me she'd finished her journey, except maybe JD didn't have a high enough word count so she had to send Kady back through the portal one more time - no, two more times, wait . . . everybody jump in and let's see who jumps out. Yeah, that part I didn't care for. I don't believe in messing with events that will alter the future. Someone won't come back through because they've never been born (and in this case, one of them didn't). It was a little too far-fetched that since they fixed the issue in the past, the guy that Kady ultimately ends up with should have not existed (even though they tried to allow for that). Again, I liked it - it was light reading, but maybe a little more suspended reality than I like.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    This was really good. It kept me wanting to read, even when I didn't have time. I love how everything was wrapped up, a bit out there, in the believability department, but it was still nice. I think history would be changed quite a bit more if even just one thing was changed in the past, and that's why I took a star off. Other than that, if you like a bit of magical realism, you would enjoy this romance. :D

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sha Mslvoe

    Synopsis: Elizabeth Kady Long is 30 years old, an accomplished chef, and engaged to handsome Gregory Norman, her employer's son. While shopping for her wedding, she impulsively buys a large, dusty tin box at an antique shop. When she pries it open, she discovers an 1873 wedding dress and underpinnings, together with a photo of a family. Intrigued, she can't resist trying on the dress, and when she does, she's drawn back into the past. The year is 1873, the place is Legend, Colorado, and Cole Jord Synopsis: Elizabeth Kady Long is 30 years old, an accomplished chef, and engaged to handsome Gregory Norman, her employer's son. While shopping for her wedding, she impulsively buys a large, dusty tin box at an antique shop. When she pries it open, she discovers an 1873 wedding dress and underpinnings, together with a photo of a family. Intrigued, she can't resist trying on the dress, and when she does, she's drawn back into the past. The year is 1873, the place is Legend, Colorado, and Cole Jordan is about to be hanged. I loved this book. It kept me on my toes the entire time. I couldn't put it down!! This is a beautiful romance, daring adventure and wonderfully written. U'll gasp at the things that happen. I bet u will definitely like Legend. Time travel is the best when there is a hot guy involved! Although the time travel bit does not really make any logical sense but who care! The characters came alive for me. She has written the 3 best books I have ever read, Legend, Remembrance and Knight in Shining Armor ♥♥♥

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Keel

    A very interesting read A very interesting entertaining read. This is not my first time rereading Legend and still has the power to pull me in. I will admit that there are questions left unanswered in my thoughts but you still feel the hea is valid and there. A very enjoyable experience.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diane Briones™

    This is one of my most favorite book! As always, Ms. Devereaux wrote a very nice time-travel. This is a whirlwind romance with hearty characters. They are fascinating and I love the way Jude Deveraux makes you love them, whatever they do and whatever they have been through. This book comes alive. I love everything about it. The characters, the plot and story line, the blow your mind ending. The town of Legend through the years becomes so real that you wish you could only visit it yourself. This w This is one of my most favorite book! As always, Ms. Devereaux wrote a very nice time-travel. This is a whirlwind romance with hearty characters. They are fascinating and I love the way Jude Deveraux makes you love them, whatever they do and whatever they have been through. This book comes alive. I love everything about it. The characters, the plot and story line, the blow your mind ending. The town of Legend through the years becomes so real that you wish you could only visit it yourself. This was an adventure with a difference it showed that through time the ties that binds a family are so strong that each moment effects the next generation. Jude Deveraux has a way about making you believe in something, then taking it away as though it never existed. However, keeping the story so intricate that you can not help but keep reading. If you are looking for something to read just for pleasure this is a good one with just enough romance to keep you interested without explicit sex. Love it Love it Love it! --- Diane ™

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So...many...plot...holes... The plot is fast paced, and has engaging bits. There are so many plot holes, however, that whole swathes just don't make sense. 1. How can Tarik have Cole and Kady's marriage certificate when they got married in alternate-ghost-town, and Cole actually died at the age of nine? 2. How can Kady stumble upon Cole's cabin in the present when, again, Cole died at the age of nine and the cabin only existed in alternate-ghost-town? I'm sure there's about eight other plot holes, b So...many...plot...holes... The plot is fast paced, and has engaging bits. There are so many plot holes, however, that whole swathes just don't make sense. 1. How can Tarik have Cole and Kady's marriage certificate when they got married in alternate-ghost-town, and Cole actually died at the age of nine? 2. How can Kady stumble upon Cole's cabin in the present when, again, Cole died at the age of nine and the cabin only existed in alternate-ghost-town? I'm sure there's about eight other plot holes, but those are the two that just made me want to throw the book out the window.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kaila

    Where this book falls on the motor revvin’ scale: Sweet: This book could be read by Puritans without blushing. --->Sensual: A few pages of sexy time, but mostly story. Hot: NSFW but safe enough for the bus if you hide the cover. Erotic: Oh my. This was my first romance novel. I read it when I was 18 and a prude and I remember being a bit turned on and scandalized at the time. By my standards today, this book hardly counts as PG-13. There's exactly one sex scene, but there's certainly a lot of gazing Where this book falls on the motor revvin’ scale: Sweet: This book could be read by Puritans without blushing. --->Sensual: A few pages of sexy time, but mostly story. Hot: NSFW but safe enough for the bus if you hide the cover. Erotic: Oh my. This was my first romance novel. I read it when I was 18 and a prude and I remember being a bit turned on and scandalized at the time. By my standards today, this book hardly counts as PG-13. There's exactly one sex scene, but there's certainly a lot of gazing into each other's eyes and falling in love at first sight. It's funny the things that stick with you. There are certain scenes I remember vividly, and they are exactly as I remember them. Then there are 300 other pages I don't remember at all. The writing leaves a bit to be desired, but honestly, the story is pretty darn good for a romance novel. There are several unexpected twists. Kady spends a lot of time being mad, sleeping, cooking, or some combination of those. She grows a backbone over the course of the story and it's neat to see that happen.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Thenia

    A story in three parts, focused on Legend, a small mining town in the Colorado mountains. Kady, a talented chef about to get married, finds herself transported to 1873 when she first tries on a beautiful wedding dress she discovered in a mystery box she bought on impulse. She makes it there just in time to save Cole Jordan from being hanged, and in turn he helps her survive in this unfamiliar world. Cole is a pretty great guy, but he's not the main hero of the series, and neither is Kady's fiance, A story in three parts, focused on Legend, a small mining town in the Colorado mountains. Kady, a talented chef about to get married, finds herself transported to 1873 when she first tries on a beautiful wedding dress she discovered in a mystery box she bought on impulse. She makes it there just in time to save Cole Jordan from being hanged, and in turn he helps her survive in this unfamiliar world. Cole is a pretty great guy, but he's not the main hero of the series, and neither is Kady's fiance, who (view spoiler)[it turns out only wanted to marry her in order to exploit her talent (hide spoiler)] . We only meet the real hero in the third part of the story, after (view spoiler)[Kady finds out the truth about Legend and returns to her own time. The Legend she experienced is the version of the town that Cole had dreamed of creating, but he died in a senseless crime when he was nine, never having the chance to grow up and become the man Kady met. Ruth, Cole's grandmother, whom Kady had invited to help her escape Legend, revealed the truth and set things in motion so that Kady could hopefully return and change things for the Jordan family for good. Kady returns to her time changed and intending to forget all about Legend, but she soon realizes that her life no longer makes her happy. Following Ruth's request, she does all she can to find Ruth's descendants, and doing so she finally meets the man she's been seeing in her dreams all her life (hide spoiler)] . Interesting story that keeps you guessing, with a number of twists, and the eventual well earned happy ending.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Passick Lumsden

    I don't really know what to say about this book. While in the midst of the first half, I thought for sure I'd end up giving this book at least three stars. The second half, however, with its constantly repeating phrases and sentiments, its weak plot, and its sappy dialogue, just sort of annoyed me. Even the premise became ridiculous. I like sci-fi fantasy type stuff, but this wasn't well-written time-travel fantasy. The main protagonist did things in the past that would have resulted in some ser I don't really know what to say about this book. While in the midst of the first half, I thought for sure I'd end up giving this book at least three stars. The second half, however, with its constantly repeating phrases and sentiments, its weak plot, and its sappy dialogue, just sort of annoyed me. Even the premise became ridiculous. I like sci-fi fantasy type stuff, but this wasn't well-written time-travel fantasy. The main protagonist did things in the past that would have resulted in some serious changes to the present, yet it was treated as almost a non-issue. It has a Happily-Ever-After ending which comes at the expense of all reason. Kady herself is just plain irritating (zero self-esteem and no spine), and Tarik's behavior changes so quickly the reader is left not understanding his motives. I couldn't tell if he was interested in Kady or just trying to use her, which didn't breed a lot of sympathy for the character. Legend started off decent and somewhat interesting, but then spiraled down into a mess of confusing characters and incomprehensible motives.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Hoo boy. I've read my share of romance pulp, but this was ridiculous. The best I can say is it wasn't rapey in the least, and that I appreciate. Found it on one of my mom's shelves while visiting, and I read it within a short afternoon. The time travel aspect is what caught my eye, but it was little more than a recurring gimmick. Much of the book felt like it could have been replaced with "and then something happened" to move from one random plot point to the next. At one point I actually checked Hoo boy. I've read my share of romance pulp, but this was ridiculous. The best I can say is it wasn't rapey in the least, and that I appreciate. Found it on one of my mom's shelves while visiting, and I read it within a short afternoon. The time travel aspect is what caught my eye, but it was little more than a recurring gimmick. Much of the book felt like it could have been replaced with "and then something happened" to move from one random plot point to the next. At one point I actually checked to see if some pages were missing. It felt like she cobbled 3 or 4 stories together. Anyhow, I kept reading to the end - which practically ended with "and that's all" and then said "HA!" out loud as I flung it aside. Everyone's a critic, I know, and the author is clearly making paper by churning these out, but I could do with my 3 hours back.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Roxy

    No one can question Jude Deveraux's ability to write and captivate her readers. This book left me incoherent until i finished it. every new page meant i couldn't put it down! This book has everything, and right when you thought you figured everything out, there's another twist that leaves you dieing to read more. i'm not going to tell you about the context of the book because it really is one you just have to read. There's too many things for me to even begin to tell, so please read it!!!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I first read this book well over ten years ago, and I remember being glued to it. I think it's safe to say my tastes have evolved since then. I still found the book to be entertaining, and JD's brand of romantic fairy tale style storytelling still put a smile on my face, but it was much easier for me to set the novel down this time around. And the plot holes! A lot of it completely defied any logic. So, I'm giving it a 2.5. It was enjoyable, but flawed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This definately was not one of my favorite of JD's books. She is an interesting writer and there is definately potential, but it all just falls flat, things were just too convoluted. The story twisted and turned until you could lose interest. I give this one two of five stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    was a really good book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Copyright 1996, my copy is from that date. This is a reread, but I think I must have only read it once. I remember very little about it, except that it's a time travel "romance". Actually, as I was reading it, it was like I'd never read it before. Nothing jogged my memory. Like a new read. Not a good sign! 4,256 4 & 5 stars on Goodreads - WOW very strange. So, "A Knight In Shining Armor", was a huge success for JD in the 80s. I can see she would've liked to revisit that. This story, though isn't Copyright 1996, my copy is from that date. This is a reread, but I think I must have only read it once. I remember very little about it, except that it's a time travel "romance". Actually, as I was reading it, it was like I'd never read it before. Nothing jogged my memory. Like a new read. Not a good sign! 4,256 4 & 5 stars on Goodreads - WOW very strange. So, "A Knight In Shining Armor", was a huge success for JD in the 80s. I can see she would've liked to revisit that. This story, though isn't a medieval time travel, but set in the American West. 1873 Colorado to be exact. The beginning of the story we meet a heroine JD loves : pretty, but curvy. Too nice & pushed around by the man she "loves". She buys on impulse a large tin box & finds a wedding dress with all the trimmings & tries it on. She's then transported back to Colorado 1873 in time to prevent a hanging. The story seems to try to get you to believe that Cole, the man Kady marries in 1873 is the hero. In fact, though he marries her they don't have sex. There's a convoluted reason for that. What comes after is one wild situation after another. It kept my interest, but ultimately, it wore me down. Truthfully, this story was a mess. It heads one direction, then, we're told that's not where it's going to go & heads off somewhere else. Over & over. You end up with reader whiplash! I get the impression when I first read it, it wasn't a keeper. I'm wondering why I didn't get rid of it years ago!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Frantically, gloriously insane nonsensical mishmash of historical fantasy time-travel comedy pop psych romance drags on through three potential heroes, an overly thorough yet meaningless attempt at explaining the in-book mythology and every 90s romantic trope, sadly including a heroine who secretly yearns to be taken care of and heroes who are liars. Everyone is handsome, girlfriends are tell-it-like-it-is sidekicks, historical people do comic historical things, Egyptian Muslim characters exude Frantically, gloriously insane nonsensical mishmash of historical fantasy time-travel comedy pop psych romance drags on through three potential heroes, an overly thorough yet meaningless attempt at explaining the in-book mythology and every 90s romantic trope, sadly including a heroine who secretly yearns to be taken care of and heroes who are liars. Everyone is handsome, girlfriends are tell-it-like-it-is sidekicks, historical people do comic historical things, Egyptian Muslim characters exude oriental mystery, and there is a lot of food preparation. Really, it’s like the author, a very competent writer, threw in everything that might make this book sell, which when read by CJ Critt makes it oddly Stephanie Plum sounding. Characters have personality quirks that appear and disappear randomly, plus they seem to redo the same Foolish Mistakes often, which may be how real people operate but fictional people need to be a bit more consistent. This was crazy. I can see why people like it, but too many iffy things date this for me, including consent issues.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    In spite of the fact that I normally don't like time travel books and this one made little logical sense once history got changed, I loved it. I loved Cole in 1873, was frustrated that Kady insisted on sticking with Gregory (Cole's mis-naming Kady's fiance got to be hilarious once you found out what was happening), and I was sorry when Kady went back to her time. She had changed just enough in 1873 to make her see her current life in new ways. Thank heavens. And then she met the current Jordan d In spite of the fact that I normally don't like time travel books and this one made little logical sense once history got changed, I loved it. I loved Cole in 1873, was frustrated that Kady insisted on sticking with Gregory (Cole's mis-naming Kady's fiance got to be hilarious once you found out what was happening), and I was sorry when Kady went back to her time. She had changed just enough in 1873 to make her see her current life in new ways. Thank heavens. And then she met the current Jordan descendent. Wonderful story as unrealistic as it is.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Wilson

    This will be a book I will keep in my favorites like Summerhouse and Return to Summerhouse and A Knight in Shining Armor. Going back in time. Continuing to go back in time. Kady having the courage to stand up for herself. Ending up happy! Tarik!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laurin

    This book started out pretty good, then it into the 'why is this even necessary' territory, and then the lst third of it ws just stupid, useless crap (So stupid. Especially everything to do with C. T. 'Tarik' Jordan. He wouldn't even count as well-thought-out if he only made a cameo appearance as a stableboy let alone the leading man. And Kady just seemed to change character whenever the author needed.). I was not horrified. It wasn't as bad as some of Deveraux's other works, but it also wasn't This book started out pretty good, then it into the 'why is this even necessary' territory, and then the lst third of it ws just stupid, useless crap (So stupid. Especially everything to do with C. T. 'Tarik' Jordan. He wouldn't even count as well-thought-out if he only made a cameo appearance as a stableboy let alone the leading man. And Kady just seemed to change character whenever the author needed.). I was not horrified. It wasn't as bad as some of Deveraux's other works, but it also wasn't up to par with A Knight in Shining Armor or Remembrance. Overall, a disappointment. ****Spoiler Alert**** YOU SHALL NOT PASS...if you don't want to read some spoilers. If not getting shot relies on being recognized, why wear a mask? And if it's just a ploy to make the girl like you, why wear a mask that might scare the sh*t out of her? And why would you think this is a good way to make someone like you?If Ruth shut down the mines and the town, then she wouldn't have had any income, and unless were trying to imagine that the mines were gushing up silver like a white rapid, she really shouldn't have been able to live so extravagently and still had a fortune left over for her dynasty. Silver wasn't THAT highly vlued. If the timeline was altered by things with the Lost Lady Mine, doesn't that refute Kady and Ruth's whole hypothesis that everything Kady experienced in the past had already happened and was 'meant' to happen? If Ruth already knew Kady and she was the one to put away the wedding dress in the beginning, shouldn't Cole have already known Kady and have already hidden the gold?Does this mean that Gamal managed to seduce Ruth with nerly the exact same timing as he had in the original timeline? And what about her husband? Kady tells Tarik(the original) that Ruth would make a good wife for Gamal, so is she planning Mr. Jordan's demise? Do the lovers kill him off so he won't find out the latest addition to the Jordan family isn't a Jordan, at all? And if they do, why didn't they give C. T. Jordan Gamal's last name? Why did they even name him C. T. (assuming they did)? How did Tarik(the 'hero') come to be the same person when his rebellious, teenaged great-great-granddaddy didn't have his reason to be angry at his mom anymore? I mean, if Ruth wasn't grief-crazy and didn't lock him up in Denver, C. T. wouldn't have been angry. If C. T. weren't angry, he wouldn't have run away and might never have had reason to leave Colorado. If C. T. didn't go to New York as a runaway at sixteen, he wouldn't have had the same experiences and very likely wouldn't have met whatever woman he originally married. If he didn't marry that woman, they wouldn't have had Tarik's great-grandpa and he wouldn't have had Tarik's grandpa and so on and so forth. They would have married other people and had other children at other times and there would be no C. T. Jordan(the fifth?). Even if, by some miracle, they all met the right people at the right time and had just the right children, they would've had different names because there wouldn't have been a will saying that all first born sons had to be named C. T. (BTW, why did the Jordan men comply to the will or even keep it around and stalk some poor little girl in Ohio if the will wouldn't hold up in court anyway? Why write up papers to file a civil suit against Kady if you knew from the start that she never really inheritted your money?)If Kady never had her heart to heart with Ruth, she'd never have been put into the will and that dress never would've been made, let alone put inside a flour tin with all the right gewdads for timetravel. Therefore, our heroine never should have gone to New York and met C. T. Jordan (who rightfully shouldn't have existed anyway), she should have married that jerkoff Gregory and withered away into misery. Flaws. These are either huge, gaping holes int the foundation of this story, or... no, nevermind, they're just that. There is no or. This is very disppointing.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Taylor (BiblioTay)

    This book was a pure entertainment read. Yes there was some plot points that were questionalable but there were also significant plot points that I did not expect and thoroughly enjoyed. Overall pretty dang good book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Ann Earls

    I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux. I love her dialogue, her witty characters, and the situations those characters get into. However, "Legend" was a little off beat for me. Time travel is always a little difficult for a writer I think, since there are so many outcomes you have to consider, and the chance that it may confuse the reader. In "Legend" Kady long is a wonderful chef who is not appreciated by her future mother-in-law and even her future husband, but Kady convinces herself that she is hap I am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux. I love her dialogue, her witty characters, and the situations those characters get into. However, "Legend" was a little off beat for me. Time travel is always a little difficult for a writer I think, since there are so many outcomes you have to consider, and the chance that it may confuse the reader. In "Legend" Kady long is a wonderful chef who is not appreciated by her future mother-in-law and even her future husband, but Kady convinces herself that she is happy. However everything changes when she discovers a beautiful wedding gown in an antique flour tin she bought. As soon as she put the dress on...well lets just say the rest is history ;). I'll admit the middle was a bit confusing for me, but the ending I loved. Not because it was finished and I'm not going to give any spoilers; but the emotion and the chemistry between two leads just had me crying with laughter, smiling, and at a couple of points gave a sympathetic pang from my heart. Even though it was slightly confusing and dragged a bit in the middle, I ended the book with a satisfied smile on my face. I still recommend this book to her other fans and those who have yet to read her romance novels. She is still a great writer that makes me feel truly close to her characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Spencer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was a disjointed mess that left a logical minded person in search of romance more than a little frustrated. While Cady is a well-developed and likable protagonist, there are fundamental problems with both Cole and Tarik. Many of the interactions between Kady and Cole feel largely inappropriate given the later reveal of Cole's age. His physical interactions with Kady as well as his wisdom and insight grow more and more impossible at the plot of the book develops. Moreover, while Tarik i This book was a disjointed mess that left a logical minded person in search of romance more than a little frustrated. While Cady is a well-developed and likable protagonist, there are fundamental problems with both Cole and Tarik. Many of the interactions between Kady and Cole feel largely inappropriate given the later reveal of Cole's age. His physical interactions with Kady as well as his wisdom and insight grow more and more impossible at the plot of the book develops. Moreover, while Tarik is supposed to feel like the mature love interest of the novel, his actions often feel entirely more juvenile that those of Cole. This is entirely frustrating to the reader because are given no opportunity to truly develop a desire for Tarik and Kady's romance. Finally, the lack of reveal in regards to Kady's dreams in the end makes her feel like a dishonest heroine. The reader is left not believing the plotline and finding one the grandmother, Ruth, a redeemable figure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    E. Jamie

    I'm giving this one two stars even if I didn't finish it because it was well written as all Jude Deveraux books are. I do have many of them on my keeper shelf. I didn't finish this one because the heroine Kady really annoyed me. I know it's important that characters, particularly the heroine, be relatable to readers but after too many references of how the heroine didn't think she was pretty enough or how she was too much of a 'real' woman to be considered fashionable I had to put the book down. I'm giving this one two stars even if I didn't finish it because it was well written as all Jude Deveraux books are. I do have many of them on my keeper shelf. I didn't finish this one because the heroine Kady really annoyed me. I know it's important that characters, particularly the heroine, be relatable to readers but after too many references of how the heroine didn't think she was pretty enough or how she was too much of a 'real' woman to be considered fashionable I had to put the book down. Kady (I was willing to look past the annoying quirky play on what should be 'Katie' or at least Katee') has this gorgeous fiancee and her friends keep going on about how beautiful she is while she goes on complaining about her looks. It reeked of false modesty and made the heroine extremely unlikable to me. After two chapters of this I was done.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having read Outlander years ago, I am always looking for something that will enthrall me like that book did. This book was on one of the "if you liked..." sites. A caveat, I am not a big romance fan so Ms Deveraux is not my go-to author. The story was interesting enough. My problem with the book is the same as I have with other books like this...authors who don't "get" time-travel theories. Yes, I know, "time travel theories" are just theories but...when you go back in time and change what was, t Having read Outlander years ago, I am always looking for something that will enthrall me like that book did. This book was on one of the "if you liked..." sites. A caveat, I am not a big romance fan so Ms Deveraux is not my go-to author. The story was interesting enough. My problem with the book is the same as I have with other books like this...authors who don't "get" time-travel theories. Yes, I know, "time travel theories" are just theories but...when you go back in time and change what was, the butterfly effect (if you don't know that, read Ray Bradbury's wonderful short story, the Sound of Thunder) takes over and small changes have a big effect. As a result, this just doesn't work. And the fact that the stones lead to alternate realities deserved a better explanation. I know this book isn't meant to be science heavy but I needed more

  28. 5 out of 5

    Harkin Kael

    Wow! I cannot believe this book was published. After a need for something Outlander-ish I decided to give this a try. What a disappointing mess! The story is fractured, odd and extremely flawed. Kady the protagonist is a pathetic young woman with serious self esteem issues who is vapid, boring and unappealing. How anyone fell for her let alone a nine year old ghost boy she marries or the great great great grand nephew of said ghost boy baffles me. Kady brought nothing to the table save for annoy Wow! I cannot believe this book was published. After a need for something Outlander-ish I decided to give this a try. What a disappointing mess! The story is fractured, odd and extremely flawed. Kady the protagonist is a pathetic young woman with serious self esteem issues who is vapid, boring and unappealing. How anyone fell for her let alone a nine year old ghost boy she marries or the great great great grand nephew of said ghost boy baffles me. Kady brought nothing to the table save for annoyance and the ability to cook. Whew I needed to cleanse my palette with a few books to reassure myself there are good books in the world.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A great travel romance! Kady Long, a celebrated chef buys an old tin box and discovers a wedding dress. She tries it on and is transported back in time. She meets Cole- an adorable man Kady could easily love under normal circumstances if he hadn't died at age 9. Cole Jordon's family needs Kady to right past wrongs with the help of Tarik, Cole's great-great-great grandson she might be able to save Cole and the small town of Legend.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was the first book of Deveraux's that I read (Probably some 12 years ago or more), and I was completely taken with the story of time-travel and mystery. This book changed my life as far as my interest and understanding of fiction literature. I have since read it another three times and I can appreciate the minor flaws in the plot and story, but for sentimental reasons I give it 5 stars. Deveraux has a unique way of approaching romance and intrigue, and I appreciate her voice.

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